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George Carlin on being a baby and the Regulation Death of the Internet

By slaytanic killer in MLP
Sat Aug 04, 2001 at 03:13:53 PM EST
Tags: Interviews (all tags)

Here is a Wired audio interview of George Carlin, the biting spoken-word artist well-known for posing as a comedian.

This interview was a multifaceted conversation, partly sarcastic and partially innocent, that allows one to peek at what it is like for an artist interacting with any new medium. In some sense, it may even redeem those who have spent endless hours participating in those silly debates about intellectual property and the net, because Carlin seemed to have a fairly sophisticated view of the technical landscape and the issues involved. Perhaps those debates did after all lead to a body of knowledge that is accessible to newcomers.

Of course, George Carlin brings a great deal of experience to the table, having tested the limits of free speech. But while he plugs his websites, it doesn't hurt to be a little self-congratulating as well.

Carlin tackles topics such as the regulation of the internet (hint: his views will warm the hearts of the libertarians among us), seeing the net's landscape from a newborn's eyes, and the peculiarities of old media which may not easily be carried over to the new. As well as enumerating the Seven Deadly Dwarves, which he uses to illustrate what really is deep-down important, as opposed to what we are just afraid of naming.


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George Carlin on being a baby and the Regulation Death of the Internet | 5 comments (5 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
That interviewer (3.00 / 3) (#1)
by fluffy grue on Sat Aug 04, 2001 at 02:32:02 AM EST

Wired needs to hire better interviewers. The guy running the interview was constantly forcing a laugh through everything Carlin was saying, whether Carlin was joking at the time or not. Very annoying.

That said, this was a very cool interview to listen to. Carlin is another entertainer who Gets It with the free exchange of tidbits of information.
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Approached monolgue, 'til near the end (3.00 / 3) (#2)
by slaytanic killer on Sat Aug 04, 2001 at 09:37:26 AM EST

Yes, when I was writing that article and used the word "conversation," I was thinking to myself "monologue." But I could empathize with the poor interviewer -- with many people, having a conversation with Carlin turns into a monologue.

But at least the interviewer got over his initial nervousness, and started getting into his stride.

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overwhelming (3.33 / 3) (#3)
by tequila tux on Sat Aug 04, 2001 at 10:56:26 AM EST

Wth most Carlin interviews, i've noticed that the interviewer seems to get overwhelmed or awestruck with who they are interviewing. Part of it is that he is a legend who realy part of it is that he is a comedian and there is the "expectation" of a funny interview filled with laughs. It seems that whenever he is being interviewed the other person is jsut waiting for the laughs to roll. Also though, carlin (and i mean this politely) hogs the mic if you will. He can be asked one question and give a five minute answer. I saw him on the tonight show once where I think Leno asked him like 4 questions in an entire 12-15 minute segment.

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Also known as (3.00 / 1) (#4)
by ZanThrax on Sat Aug 04, 2001 at 12:29:17 PM EST

has something to say. Better a Carlin with intelligent thoughts than the other 95% of Tonight Show guests who can barely get out two sentence replies before running out of things to say.

If there's nothing you'd die for, then what do you have to live for?

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true - so true (3.00 / 3) (#5)
by tequila tux on Sat Aug 04, 2001 at 09:43:24 PM EST

And even better, most of them tend to want to tell you some dumb ass story about how they fell off a horse three weekends ago and scraped their elbow. Then there's Jay trying to drag out the conversation with more questions -- so you're first time on a horse? what was the horse's name?

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